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Cycle News 1986 06 25

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9:00 p.m. PDT. An additional air date in August has yet to be announced. Team Marlboro Yamaha's Eddie Lawson won the June 15 Yugoslavian GP 500cc road race to stretch his points lead over Rothmans Honda's Wayne Gardner, who finished third behind Lawson and Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha-mounted Randy Mamola. Lawson now leads Gardner in the point standings, 72 to- 49. Rob McElnea and Mike Baldwin, both riding Yamahas, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Mamola is third in the point standings with 47 and Baldwin is fourth with 42. Defending Wortd Champion Frediiie Spencer missed the Yugoslavian GP. Spencer underwent surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his right wrist on Thursday, June 12, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Spencer said he hopes to be 8bfe to retum to recing in the July 20 French GP. Honda-mounted Sito Pons won the Yugoslavian' 250cc GP with JeanFrancois Balde, also Honda-mounted, second. Carlos Lavado, who crashed in Yugoslavia and retired (ro01 the race, leads the point standings over Balde, 57 LO 43. Spaniard Jorge Martinez added to his 80cc GP poinlS total by winning in Yugoslavia. Martinez rides a Derbi. The June 15 CzechoslOV8kian 125cc MX GP saw Cagiva riders Massimo Contini and Davey Strijbos split mota wins and runner-up finishes. Contini's 2-1 gave him the overall victory over the 1-2 of Strijbos. Strijbos took over the point standings lead, 157 to 156, over Pekka Vehkoneh Who DNF the first mota and finished third in the second. Contini is now third in the point standings with 152 points. Yamaha~mounted Kurt Nicholls won . both motps at the June 15 Belgian 250cc MX GP. Suzuki's Michele Rinaldi was second overall.with a 2-4 day. Point standings leader Jackie Vimond retired from the first moLO and did not compete in the second moto, sidelined with the flu. Vimond leads' Rinaldi 224 to 186. KK Motorcycle Supply'sJ.R. Kelley is recuperating from heart surgery which took place on June 6 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Caroline. Up and at 'em cards can be sent to J.R., c/o KK, P.O. Box 45, Dayton, OH 45401. Husqvama's Mark Hyde won the June 15 Blackwater 100, a round of the AMAIWiseco 100 Miler Hare Scrambles Series. Second in the Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, race was CanAm's Geoff Ballard. AMA Regional Championship Dirt Track Series action in Ohio saw Expert Steve Morehead (H-D) win the Friday night, June 13, Troy Half Mile and the Saturday night. June 14, Dayton Old Time Newsies Half Mile. Bryan .McDowell (H-D) was the Junior winner Friday night, and Bryan Villella (Rtx) Saturday night. The Pro-Am winner at both races was Dan Butler (Han). 2 - The June 7 Coors Superbowl of Motocross, the final race of the 1986 Supercross Series, will air on ESPN on July 2 at 1:00 p.m. (PDT) and on July 7 at Super Team will enter its Yamaha FZ750 in the July 3 Paul Revere 250 round of the AMA/MotoWortd Endurance Championship at Daytona Intern.ational Speedway. According to Super Team, twotime Grand National Champion Gary Nixon may come out of retirement to join Glenn Barry and Lance Jones in the effort. Mike Kidd Promotions and Pace Management have cancelled the AMA/Camel Pro Series half mile scheduled for July 5 at Oklahoma City Speedway in Oklahoma City, Oklaboma, citing a lack of sponsorship for the event and generally poor economic conditions in Texas and Oklahoma. Ed Davis and Pyramid Builders of Houston, Texas will sponsor AM A/ Camel Pro Series National number 60 Sammy Sweet again in 1987. The announcement was made just prior to Sweet's 21st birthday, June 23, and Davis described it as "a fitting birthday present for an up-and-comer... According to theAMA's Pat Murphy, the AMA/CameJ Pro Series road race scheduled for Sebring, Florida on October 12 has been cancelled because repaving of some sections of the track won't be completed in time for the event.. The AMA doesn't plan to replace the cancelled event. TheJune7-8 AAMRR road race at Loudon, New 'Hampshire's Bryar Motorsport Park was promoted by track owner Don Brymer under AMA sanction when AAMRR's insurance was cancelled a few days before the event. According to AAMRR President Steve Ross, the track requires more insurance than others and it's difficult to find insurance to meet the track's liability requirements; in the meantime, the future of AAMRR is uncertain. "All remaining events scheduled for Bryar by AAMRR will be held," Ross seid in'a presstime phone call, "but it's not certain who will be running them." Ross said it's unknown what will happen to AAMRR events scheduled for Pocono, but that AAMRR events in Florida are unaffected and will continue to run as scheduled. . Phillip Hannaford, 24, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, was the lucky winnerofa Suzuki GSXR750 through a Suzuki Fast Track promotion put on by Atlanta-area Suzuki dealers. Hannaford picked up his n.ew bike at Wagonner Cycle Works in Tucker, Georgia. Craig Vetter informs us that the annual Vetter Fuel Economy Run will not be held this year. "It's with reluctance and regret that I'm canceling this· year's run, but I feel interest peaked several years ago and with fuel prices down there isn't the interest there once was. If fuel prices soar again, we'll be back," said Vetter. The finals of the Fuel Economy Run have taken place at California's Laguna Seca Raceway in. recent years. DurAlL, a lead-substitute additive made by Polar Molecular Corporation of Saginaw, Michigan, may be used to legally bulk-treat unleaded fuel, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On May 9, the EPA designated DurAlt an acceptable replacement for tetraethyl lead in unleaded gasolines. According to laboratory tests, DurAIt eliminates many of the lubrication and Octane Requirement Increase (ORI) problems experienced when high output engines, or engines designed for leaded gasoline, are operated with unleaded fuel. PMC is located in the Vanguard Building, Suite 303, 4901 Towne Centre Road; Saginaw, Michigan 48604, 517/790-4764. New Englanders will be admitted to the track free and racers will pay no entry fees. New Scotland is the English translation of the Latin term Nova Scotia. Vintage, classic, and spacial-interest motorcycles will be on display at Laguna Saca Raceway in Monterey, California, during the AMA/ Camel Pro Series National road race July 11-13. For information on the special motorcycle display, special parade lap, vintage race rules, tickets, or other information, contact VROOM, c/o Mike Lewis, 11969 Nugent Drive, Granada Hills, California, 91344, 818/3630734. West German road racer Birgit Soyka will ride in the Formula Two race at Laguna Seca, piloting the John Lassak Racing TZlRD400 which was ridden by Paul Van Zuyle to 11th place at the Sears Point Formula One National in May. Van Zuyle reported he will go into semi-retirement and will ride only as needed to further develop the bike. Soyka, who competed two years in the Yamaha Cup Series in Germany on an RZ350, won an ARRA club race on her Johnson & Wood-sponsored RZ, June I. Soyka will ride in the Willow Springs For· mula USA series, as well as in future road race nationals. American Honda is offering an 8.9% retail finance program on all 1986 Goldwing models financed up to 48 montbs. The program, available from July 1 through Sept. 30, will provide loans for Goldwing customers who borrow a minimum $3000 ($4000 on 48month loans); a minimum down payment of 20% is required. All American Honda financing is subject to credit approval. The Flat River Grand Prix - billed as the premier hare scramble in the state of Missouri - will be held in St. Joe State Park, near Evans, on September 21. The race will be staged through the cooperative e££oTts of the city of Flat River and the state Department of Natural Resources. For more information, contact St. Joe State Park, Route I, Box 308, Elvins, Mis· souri 63601, or FlatRiver Chamber of Commerce, 308 W. Main, Flat River, Missouri 63601. Laverda, the Italian motorcycle manufacturing firm which suffered financial difficulties a year ago, is stepping up production of existing models and introducing four completely new motorcycles for sale in Italy and abroad (ranging in engine sizes from 126 to 1OOOcc), according to a recent announcement from Roger Slater, Laverda's American importer. With business picking up in Europe, Laverda has expressed a tentative re-interest in the U.S. market, and Slater plans to fly to Italy soon for discussions with Laverda on the U.S. market situation. The Atlantic Motorcycle Competition Riders Association's CMA-sanctioned Borg Warner New England/New Scotland Match Road Race has been scheduled fQr July 26-27 at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, Canada. The race with pit two teams made up of 10 riders from each region for a winningteam-takes-all $!IOOO purse. American riders must have CMA licenses but -----~-------_._-----------------------------------------~ .. _-------------------- Team Lucky Strike's Randy Mamola and Kenny Roberts at tl)e Italian GP; cigarette logos of tobacco companies competing with R.J. Reynolds may be banned from Camel Pro Series races in the future. Logos of smoking tobacco products competing with R.J. Reynolds products may be banned from AMA Camel Pro Series events in 1987. According to the minutes of the May 19 AMA Board meeting, obtained by Cycle News from an interested race team, "The trustees discussed Camel's desire for an exclusivity that would prohibit the use of logos by individuals and teams for competing smoking tobacco products on the Camel Pro circuit during 1987, and concluded that staff should proceed with negotiation of the 1 987 agreement. Mr. Hasty asked the staff to clarify whether the Association was fully indemnified against defense costs as well as possible judgements if litigation were to originate from this policy... Schwing Racing won the AMAIMotoWorld 500 Endurance race in Loudon, New Hampshire on June 14 with High-Tech Racing taking the runner-up spot; both were riding Yamaha FZ7S0s. Kawasaki-mounted Team Sunset won the GIU portion of the race. Jim Trueman, owner of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, diedWednesday night, June 11, at his home in Hamlin, Ohio. Trueman, 51, had been suffering from cancer for over a year. Trueman owned Red Roof Inns, Inc. and the car that Bobby Rahal drove to victory in the May 31 Indianapolis 500. MidOhio is the site of a Camel Pro Series road race. The proceeds from a giant Je££ Ward garage sale.scheduled for June 21 in Laguna Hills, California will benefit injured motocrosser Danny "Magoo" Chandler. The sale will be held between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the southern California location, which is near the Lake Forest exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway. George Egloff, winner of the 1986 Iron Butt around-the-U.S. road rally,I t , layout the course and will ... ~

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